SCANLAN, F/O Paul Douglas (J35088) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Born 1913 in Cobalt, Ontario; home in Kirkland Lake (truck driver, former student at British Institute of Technology); enlisted in North Bay, 1 June 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 30 December 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 19 March 1943), No.1 BGS (graduated 24 July 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 3 September 1943). Commissioned September 1943. Further trained at No.2 (O) AFU (Millon, Cumberland) and No.3 OTU (Nottingham). Flew 32 missions. Award presented 5 June 1949. Postwar he served in the Militia, rising from Lieutenant to Lieutenant Colonel and Commanding Officer, No.106 Manning Depot. Retired in 1965. Appointed Honourary Lieutenant-Colonel, No.411 Squadron, 1975-1983. Executive with Canadian Arsenals and from 1981 to 1983 was on Metric Canada Commission. Honourary Colonel, No.402 Squadron, August 1990. Other honours have been Knight of the Holy Sepulchre (1982 Papal knighthood for service to church and country), Order of St.John of Jerusalem (1982) and Sovereign and Military Order of Malta (1987). No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1750 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20608) has recommendation dated 21 December 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (156 hours ten minutes). Postwar he was an Officer, Order of St.John of Jerusalem (St.John Ambulance Association); employed by Royal LePage; Honourary Colonel of No.411 Squadron; author of a novel, The Surly Bonds of Earth. Died in Toronto, 17 March 1994.

 

Throughout his tour as Air Bomber, now nearly completed, this officer has consistently displayed keenness and enthusiasm and has set a fine example by his gallantry, skill and devotion to duty. Unstinting in his efforts to further develop his bombing technique, he also has become a good navigator and is an exceptionally good member of his crew. Although anxious to fly at all times and under any conditions, Flying Officer Scanlan's work in assisting ground training has also been of the highest order...

 

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SCANLAN, S/L Percy Harold (C5756) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.13 EFTS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Toronto; enlisted in Montreal, 14 June 1941. Award sent by registered mail 13 February 1948.

 

This officer has done an outstanding job as an Administrative Officer over a long period. He served with distinction as Squadron and Station Adjutant at several units in Western Hemisphere Operations and has achieved exceptional results in the formation of new units. He has actively promoted Victory Loan campaigns and Station activities generally. On one occasion he was recalled from his unit to conduct a Victory Loan campaign, producing excellent results. This achievement typifies the efficient manner in which he has discharged his many responsible duties.

 


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SCARF, P/O John Caldwell Johnstone (J90970) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Born 1923 in Welland, Ontario; home in Fort Erie (clerk).; enlisted in Hamilton, 12 November 1942. Trained at No.4 BGS (graduated 26 November 1943). Commissioned September 1944. Award presented in Stamford Centre, Ontario, 7 August 1949.

 

Pilot Officer Scarf has completed many operational sorties, the majority of which have been flown against important and heavily defended enemy targets. At all times he has displayed the utmost vigilance and skill which combined with his accurate gunnery and determination have largely contributed to the successes achieved by his crew. In September 1944 his aircraft was detailed for a mission against Dusseldorf. While on the way to the target this officer sighted a Junkers 88 preparing to attack his aircraft. By his accurate fire and excellent directions to his pilot he destroyed the enemy fighter. Pilot Officer Scarf's courage and devotion to duty at all times have been most praiseworthy.

 

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SCARFFE, FS (now P/O) Charles Edgar (R208615/J92810) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 1921 in Abbey, Saskatchewan; home there (waiter); enlisted in Winnipeg, 1 December 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 18 April 1943) and No.9 BGS (graduated 6 August 1943). Award presented 17 May 1948. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9051 has recommendation dated 20 December 1944 when he had flown on 50 sorties (253 hours 35 minutes), 25 November 1943 to 22 December 1944. Most of his sorties appear to have been in same crew as WO Bova.

 

* denotes 1/3 sortie

 

25 Nov 43 NICKELLING, Paris (4.30) 25 Jul 44 Stuttgart (7.30)

14 Mar 44 Aulnoye (5.50)* 27 Jul 44 Boissons (3.20)

26 Mar 44 Essen (6.40) 28 Jul 44 Hamburg (4.45)

30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (8.35) 30 Jul 44 Battle area (2.55)

9 Apr 44 Paris (5.50)* 3 Aug 44 L'Isle Adam (2.55)

10 Apr 44 Ghent (4.00)* 4 Aug 44 St.Maximum (3.00)

18 Apr 44 Paris (5.10))* 5 Aug 44 Bordeaux (7.35)

20 Apr 44 Lens (4.40)* 7 Aug 44 Battle area (2.30)

7 May 44 St.Valerie (3.45) 8 Aug 44 Foret de Lucheux (2.45)

8 May 44 St.Pierre (4.00) 25 Aug 44 Russelsheim (7.00)

11 May 44 Boulogne (3.50) 26 Aug 44 Kiel (5.35)

12 May 44 Louvain (4.35) 29 Aug 44 Stettin (9.00)

19 May 44 Le Clipon (3.15) 6 Sept 44 Emden (3.55)

27 May 44 Bourg Leopold (4.35) 12 Sep 44 Frankfurt (6.00)

2 June 44 Neuf Chatel (3.35) 13 Sep 44 Gelsenkirchen (3.25)

14 Jun 44 St.Pol (3.50) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.35)

16 Jun 44 Sterkrade (4.40) 15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (4.05)

17 Jun 44 Oisemont-Neuville- 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (5.20)

au-Bois (4.05) 23 Oct 44 Essen (4.15)

23 Jun 44 Bientgues (3.40) 25 Oct 44 Homberg (3.15)

24 Jun 44 Bamieres (3.45) 31 Oct 44 Cologne (4.10)

12 Jul 44 Vaires (3.15) 2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (4.10)

15 Jul 44 Nucourt (3.55) 28 Nov 44 Freiburg (5.00)

18 Jul 44 Cagny (2.40) 30 Nov 44 Duisburg (4.10)

19 Jul 44 Rollez (3.00) 2 Dec 44 Hagen (5.25)

22 Jul 44 Acquet (2.35) DNCO 6 Dec 44 Merseburg (6.30)

23 Jul 44 Kiel (5.25) 21 Dec 44 Cologne (4.10)

24 Jul 44 Stuttgart (7.15) 22 Dec 44 Bingen (5.25)

 

Flight Sergeant Scarffe is a very capable and keen Air Gunner, who has now almost completed two tours of operations. He has participated in attacks on such heavily defended enemy areas as Stuttgart, Essen and Kiel. Invariably and without reservations, this non-commissioned officer has applied himself diligently to all air and ground tasks allotted, performing these duties with a decided enthusiasm, which has set a splendid example to other air gunners in the squadron. His fearlessness and high sense of responsibility is very commendable and in keeping with the highest traditions of the service.

 

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SCARFFE, S/L Thomas (C3637) - Mention in Despatches - Eastern Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Ottawa, 18 January 1941.

 

This officer has shown exceptional devotion to duty and has, in every way, endeavoured to promote efficiency. By his organizing ability and tact he has brought many difficult assignments to a successful conclusion.

 

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SCHAUENBERG, FS (now P/O) Bernard Leo (R61810/J15768) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.12 Squadron - Award effective 16 June 1942 as per London Gazette dated 22 September 1942 and AFRO 1653/42 dated 16 October 1942. Born in Verwood, Saskatchewan, 1920; home there (farmer); enlisted in Regina. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.2 WS, and No.2 BGS. Invested with award by the King, 24 November 1942.

 

Flight Sergeant Schauenberg is an enthusiastic and resolute wireless operator whose coolness is undisturbed in any circumstances. He has participated in attacks on highly important targets in Germany and German occupied territory including towns and naval bases. On one occasion during a raid on Brest his resourcefulness and devotion to duty were largely instrumental in the safe return of his aircraft. This airman has interested himself in the duties of all members of the crew and could in an emergency completely replace any one of them.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9598 has recommended citation in greater detail; had flown 29 sorties (153 operational hours):

 

Flight Sergeant Schauenberg is an enthusiastic and resourceful wireless operator whose coolness is undisturbed in any circumstances. Since November 1941, he has participated in attacks on highly important targets in Germany and German occupied territory including industrial towns and naval bases. On one occasion during a raid on Brest in January 1942 he proved of the greatest assistance to his Captain. During a steep dive at about 350 miles per hour, his Captain was unable to pull out. This airman immediately went forward to help and by their combined efforts they were able to regain control of the aircraft. The second pilot had left the aircraft by parachute, while the navigator collapsed shortly afterwards. The wireless set became unserviceable but Flight Sergeant Schauenberg proved his worth by skilfully navigating the aircraft back to this country. His resource and devotion to duty on this occasion was largely instrumental in the safe return of his aircraft. This airman has interested himself in the duties of all other members of the crew and could, in an emergency, competently replace any one of them.

 

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SCHENK, F/L Wilfred George (J29097) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 4 December and AFRO 212/46 dated 1 March 1946. Born May 1915 in Kitchener, Ontario; home there; enlisted in Hamilton, 16 June 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 February 1943), No.9 EFTS (graduated 17 April 1943), and No.14 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1943). Commissioned August 1943. Award presented in Hamilton, 27 July 1949. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/8772 has recommendation dated 2 June 1945 when he had flown 29 sorties (179 hours five minutes).

 

2 Jan 45 Nuremburg 25 Mar 45 Hanover

28 Jan 45 Stuttgart 27 Mar 45 Paderborn

1 Feb 45 Ludwigshaven 31 Mar 45 Hamburg

2 Feb 45 Weisbaden 3 Apr 45 Nordhausen

7 Feb 45 Cleve 4 Apr 45 Lutzkendorf

13 Feb 45 Dresden 9 Apr 45 Kiel

14 Feb 45 Chemnitz 10 Apr 45 Plauen

20 Feb 45 Dortmund 22 Apr 45 Bremen

21 Feb 45 Duisburg 30 Apr 45 MANNA (The Hague)

23 Feb 45 Pforzheim 3 May 45 MANNA (Rotterdam)

1 Mar 45 Mannheim 7 May 45 MANNA (Rotterdam)

2 Mar 45 Cologne 9 May 45 Melsbroeck (EXODUS)

7 Mar 45 Dessau 10 May 45 Melsbroeck (EXODUS)

8 Mar 45 Kassel 11 May 45 Melsbroeck (EXODUS)

18 Mar 45 Hanau

 

Flight Lieutenant Schenk, a Canadian, is an extremely skilful pilot of proven ability. He has completed a highly successful tour of twenty-none operations against a wide variety of targets in Germany. Most of these officer's targets have been fiercely defended, and on several occasions his aircraft has sustained damage.

 

With cheerful confidence and superb disregard for personal danger, Flight Lieutenant Schenk has never allowed the enemy opposition to deflect his determination to inflict the heaviest possible damage on the target.

 

This officer's keenness for operations has been outstanding and this together with his excellent leadership has set a high standard to his crew. The excellent qualities displayed by Flight Lieutenant Schenk are worthy of the highest praise and well merit this recommendation for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SCHEVING, Sergeant Larus (R147391) - Mention in Despatches - No.21 Staging Unit - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 29 December 1941. Cited with Sergeants Sergeant Edward Howard Baker, Felix Londeau, Henry Arnold Joseph Rosko, Michael George Svos, Ronald James Ward and Sergeant Frederick John Wells.

 

These Sergeants showed complete disregard for their own safety when assisting in the rescue of fourteen occupants of a large transport aircraft which crashed recently in British Columbia. The aircraft crashed in a wooded area, which had windfalls up to fifteen feet. In order to effect the rescue, they had to work within a few feet of the wreckage, where there was no chance of escape in the event of explosions, which occurred shortly after the rescue. As a result of their able work, eight of the occupants of the burning aircraft were saved. These airmen displayed outstanding courage and devotion to duty in the face of grave danger.

 

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SCHIERER, F/L Walter Murray (J20063) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Home in Ponoka, Alberta; enlisted in Vancouver, 10 October 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 24 April 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1942) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 23 October 1942).

 

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SCHLATTER, Sergeant Rudolph Hudson (R77623) - Mention in Despatches - Dalton - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Calgary; enlisted there 26 November 1941. Cook at base. DHist file 181.002 D.225 notes that he had served one year ten months in Canada plus two years eight months in Britain. Recommendation dated 23 June 1945 stated:

 

This non-commissioned officer has been in charge of the Sergeants' Mess since it first opened in January 1944. Throughout this time he has shown outstanding devotion to duty through very trying and busy times. Through his extreme willingness to serve, he has maintained a most efficient section and at all times has strengthened the morale of those working under him.

 

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SCHMIDL, Sergeant Donald William (R50431) - Mention in Despatches - No.62 Base - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Moncton; enlisted there 30 March 1940. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD. DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation forwarded 1 May 1945. It notes that he enlisted 30 March 1940, spent 22 months in Canada, 39 months overseas. Wireless Mechanic employed at No.62 Base Major Servicing Section.

 

This non-commissioned officer is employed in Base Major Servicing Section in charge of a Signals Workshop. At all times he has taken a keen interest in his work and has displayed a devotion to duty beyond all normal requirements and has been an excellent example to the men under his command. His untiring efforts and ingenuity have been a large contribution to the serviceability of Signals equipment in this section.

 

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SCHMIDT, F/O Dallas Wilber (J7336) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.227 Squadron - Award effective 5 October 1942 as per London Gazette dated 16 October 1942 and AFRO 1731/42 dated 30 October 1942. Born 9 August 1922 at Wetaskiwin, Alberta. Enlisted in Edmonton, 8 January 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (30 March to 2 May 1941), No.18 EFTS (3 May to 2 July 1941), and No.15 SFTS (3 July to 19 September 1941). Arrived in UK, 11 January 1942. Further trained at No.2 OTU, then to No.236 Squadron (26 May to 11 August 1942) and No.227 Squadron (26 August 1942 to 8 January 1943). Instructed in Rhodesia, January 1943 to October 1944. Leave in Canada followed by return to UK and service with No.404 Squadron (26 March to 25 May 1945). Returned to Canada in July 1945, released 12 September 1945. In RCAF again, 1951-56. Aerial victories as follows: 27 August 1942, one Z.1007 destroyed; 13 November 1942, two Ju.52 destroyed plus one Do.24 destroyed (shared); 23 November 1942, one Ju.52 destroyed; 28 November 1942, one CR.42 destroyed; 8 December 1942, two Ju.52s destroyed and one Ju.52 damaged; 15 December 1942, one Ju.52 destroyed, one Ju.52 probably destroyed plus one Ju.52 damaged; 18 December 1942, two SM.82s destroyed plus one SM.82 damaged (shared). In No.227 Squadron he completed 43 sorties (163 hours five minutes); at end of war he claimed 60 hours on Mosquitos, 235 on Beaufighters, 46 hours 45 minutes on Blenheims, five on Hurricanes, 760 on Harvards, 137 hours five minutes on miscellaneous types. He was also a member of the Caterpillar Club. Apart from aerial victories he claimed to have participated in the sinking of four ships. See Chris Shores, Aces High and Fighters Over Tunisia and H.A. Halliday-Larry Milberry, RCAF at War, 1939-1945 (Canav Books, Toronto). DFC and Bar presented 14 June 1947.

 

This officer has displayed fine fighting qualities. On his first sortie he shot down an Italian aircraft. In September, 1942, he obtained a hit with a heavy bomb on an enemy merchant vessel which subsequently sank. A few days later he attacked a destroyer, in a convoy, with gunfire. In spite of intense opposition he pressed home his attack causing an explosion behind part of the ship's gun positions, which probably indicated hits on a magazine. This officer has set a praiseworthy example.

 

SCHMIDT, F/L Dallas Wilber (J7336) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.227 Squadron - Award effective 26 December 1942 as per London Gazette dated 29 December 1942 and AFRO 185/43 dated 5 February 1943.

 

Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, this officer has completed many sorties. In an engagement in November 1942, he destroyed two Junkers 52 and assisted in the destruction of a Dornier 24. His aircraft was hit in some thirty places by return fire and the port engine was set alight, but he succeeded in extinguishing the flames and flew the damaged aircraft to base, landing it safely in difficult circumstances. Some days later he shot down a Junkers 52 and shortly afterwards he destroyed a Fiat CR.42 in attacks on enemy shipping. Flight Lieutenant Schmidt has achieved notable success. He has at all times displayed outstanding skill and gallantry.

 

NOTE: In 1993 Mr. Paul Ferguson provided to the Directorate of History copies of notes he had prepared on Canadians in Malta. They included the following (sources unknown):

 

Shot down on five occasions, D.W. Schmidt managed to crash-land on Malta four times and baled out once. On one occasion he saved the life of Pilot Officer J.F. Briffet, an observer whose Beaufighter was forced to ditch in the sea. The aircraft sank with the loss of the pilot, 4 October 1942, but D.W. Schmidt threw down to P/O Briffet his dingy tied to his Mae West. He scored 10 victories and on 17 September 1942 sank the tanker Carbonia with a 500-pound bomb dropped directly amidships.

 

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SCHMIDT, Sergeant (now P/O) Edward Fredrick (R128113/J18016) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.10 Squadron - Award effective 4 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1943 and AFRO 2437/43 dated 26 November 1943. Born Holdfast, Saskatchewan, 1920; home in Arborfield or Hershel, Saskatchewan (clerk); enlisted in Saskatoon, 29 August 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 13 February 1942) and No.6 BGS (graduated 11 May 1942). Invested with award by the King, 15 May 1945.

 

Since joining his squadron this airman has completed a successful tour of duty and has now been posted to instructional duties. The aircraft in which he has been flying as air gunner was on one occasion attacked by a Junkers 88 and again by three Focke Wulf 190s and has several times been damaged by anti-aircraft fire. Sergeant Schmidt has nevertheless continued to operate with the greatest enthusiasm. He is a skilful air gunner who has always displayed great courage and determination.

 

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SCHMIDT, F/O Patrick Frederick Lee (J43626) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.142 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Born 1922 in Toronto; home there (aircraft worker); enlisted there 16 September 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 11 June 1943) and No.10 AOS (graduated 7 April 1944). Commissioned May 1944. Award presented 22 November 1948. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8751 has recommendation by W/C B.G.D. Nathan dated 20 April 1945 when he had flown 35 sorties (151 hours ten minutes), 11 December 1944 to 17 April 1945.

 

11 Dec 44 Hamburg 23 Feb 45 Darmstadt

12 Dec 44 Essen 27 Feb 45 Berlin

23 Dec 44 Limburg 1 Mar 45 Berlin

28 Dec 44 Frankfurt 3 Mar 45 Berlin

31 Dec 44 Berlin 4 Mar 45 Berlin

4 Jan 45 Berlin 6 Mar 45 Berlin

6 Jan 45 Hanau 8 Mar 45 Hanover

14 Jan 45 Berlin 9 Mar 45 Berlin

17 Jan 45 Magdeburg 11 Mar 45 Berlin

1 Feb 45 Berlin 26 Mar 45 Berlin

2 Feb 45 Magdeburg 29 Mar 45 Berlin

4 Feb 45 Hanover 2 Apr 45 Berlin

5 Feb 45 Berlin 3 Apr 45 Berlin

7 Feb 45 Magdeburg 9 Apr 45 Hamburg

13 Feb 45 Bonn 12 Apr 45 Berlin

14 Feb 45 Berlin 14 Apr 45 Berlin

20 Feb 45 Berlin 17 Apr 45 Ingolstadt

21 Feb 45 Berlin

 

As a navigator, his keenness and ability whilst carrying out operational sorties have been of great value to his pilot, and he has completed many attacks which have demanded a high degree of skill and courage. His devotion to duty has always been exemplary. I recommend the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SCHMITT, P/O William Henry (J18121) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 4 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1943 and AFRO 2457/43 dated 26 November 1943. Born Holdfast, Saskatchewan, 1920; home in Arborfield, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Saskatoon, 9 June 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 11 September 1941), No.6 EFTS (graduated 8 November 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 27 February 1942). Commissioned 1943. Invested with award by the King, 11 August 1944.

 

This captain of aircraft has by his leadership and coolness in danger and his skill and determination under difficulties, given his crew every confidence and established a fine fighting spirit. On one occasion in June 1943, his aircraft was badly damaged by anti-aircraft fire; nevertheless, Pilot Officer Schmitt completed his mission, later making a forced landing at an airfield. More recently when detailed for an attack he skilfully evaded an enemy night fighter which was shot down by his rear gunner. Pilot Officer Schmitt then pressed home his attack on the target.

 

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SCHMITZ, F/O Kenneth Louis (J26421) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1922 in Humboldt, Saskatchewan; home there; enlisted in Saskatoon, 30 January 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 17 July 1942), No.6 BGS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 14 May 1943). Commissioned 1943. Award sent by registered mail 21 December 1949.

 

This officer has completed many attacks against targets in enemy occupied territory. In August 1944 his aircraft was detailed for minelaying operations in enemy waters. While setting course the port engine failed but Flying Officer Schmitz skilfully navigated his aircraft to the target and back. His work has at all times been of a very high calibre and he has set an inspiring example to his crew.

 

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SCHNOBB, F/L Peter Aldrege (J12895) - Mention in Despatches - No.433 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 726/46 dated 26 July 1946. Home in Ottawa; enlisted there 12 June 1941. Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 20 June 1942) and No.2 BGS (graduated 20 July 1942). Clippings in file say he served at Edmonton on instructional duties for eight months, went to England about April 1943. Reported missing 22/23 April 1944 during raid on Dusseldorf; successful evader. (DHist file 181.009 D.3386 (RG.24 Vol.20638) indicates he was honoured for "certain incidents while he was an evader". No citation in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/9125 has recommendation dated August 1945 (no precise day) for a Military Cross. Air Commodore J.L. Hurley quotes a report submitted by Group Captain C.P. Graham, Director of Personnel at RCAF Overseas Headquarters; trade identified as Wireless Operator/Air Gunner:

 

On January 29th, 1944, when the RAF and RCAF bombed Berlin and suffered a loss of 44 aircraft, this officer's aircraft managed to reach base in Souther England, and only because of low ceiling missed the airstrip the first time, but came back to crash. The pilot was killed and F/L Schnobb received a deep cut in the head. The aircraft was brought back to base under great difficulties.

 

On April 22nd, 1944, raided Dusseldorf; on the way back the aircraft was hit by flak over "Flak Valley". By the time the crew baled out they were over Belgium. Three of the crew died in the aircraft, four baled out and three were later captured by Germans and interned. F/L Schnobb who could speak French fluently, walked for two days and nights until he reached Belgium and joined up with the Maquis. He was there five months, and was finally liberated in September 1944, when the Americans walked into Lieges. During that time he served as an interpreter at Maquis Headquarters, and still bears the scars of a few bouts with Gestapo agents who were on his trail.

 

For purposes of Air Ministry Honours and Awards Committee (and citing Interrogation Report I.39/WEA/6/238/2094) this was refined to the following:

 

Flight Lieutenant Schnobb was the Wireless Operator/Air Gunner of a Halifax aircraft engaged in an attack on Dusseldorf on 22nd April 1944. The aircraft received hits from enemy anti-aircraft fire and the crew were ordered to leave. Flight Lieutenant Schnobb made a successful parachute descent, hid his parachute harness and life-saving jacket in a swamp, and walked for two days and nights towards the Belgian frontier. His ability to speak French fluently helped him to get in touch with friendly people and he eventually reached Belgium. At Liege he joined the Maquis, acting as interpreter at their Headquarters and evading the Gestapo for five months until liberated by the Americans in September 1944.

 

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SCHOALES, P/O Robert Alfred (J15092) - Mention in Despatches - No.404 Squadron - Award effective 9 June 1942 as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1942 and AFRO 1000-1001/42 dated 3 July 1942. Born Fort William, Ontario, 1921; home there; enlisted there 20 July 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 October 1940), No.2 EFTS (graduated 20 December 1940) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 1 March 1941). Commissioned 1942. Invested with award by the King, 23 November 1943. Credited with the probable destruction of a Bf.109, 17 February 1942 (Channel Dash by German warships). Promoted to Squadron Leader, 9 May 1944; released 12 September 1945.

 

SCHOALES, F/L Robert Alfred (J15092) - Distinguished Flying Cross -No.404 Squadron - Award effective 1 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 9 July 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943.

This officer has taken part in a large number of operational sorties, many of which have been in most adverse weather. He has always been ready to undertake any task however hazardous, and by his quiet determination, fine fighting spirit and complete disregard for his personal safety he has been an inspiration to the other members of his squadron. In April 1943, Flight Lieutenant Schoales acted as leader of a formation of aircraft detailed to escort four torpedo carrying Beaufighters on a shipping strike. The complete success of this operation was largely due to the skill and determination with which this officer led the formation, enabling the torpedo carrying aircraft to sink one enemy merchant vessel without themselves being hit.

 

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SCHOFIELD, Sergeant Norman Leslie (R98788) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.50 Squadron - Award effective 6 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 17 August 1943 and AFRO 2005/43 dated 1 October 1943. Home in Saskatoon; enlisted there 24 April 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 30 August 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 24 October 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 16 January 1942). Invested with award by the King, 2 May 1944.

 

Sergeant Schofield has taken part in a large number of operational sorties. On several occasions his aircraft has been attacked by night fighters and severely damaged but by superb airmanship this airman has always succeeded in flying safely back to base. Sergeant Schofield has secured some excellent photographs and has consistently displayed devotion to duty and determination to press home his attacks.

 

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SCHOLLAR, F/L Jim Aubrey (J40478) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945. Born 1921 in Winnipeg; home in Varsity View, Manitoba (salesman); enlisted in Winnipeg, 15 December 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 21 August 1943) and No.5 AOS (graduated 14 January 1944). Commissioned 1944. Award sent by registered mail 16 July 1951. Postwar he was active in food industry; served on Board of Governors, North York Genenral Hospital; Chairman of the Board, Griffith Laboratories. Died in North York (Toronto), 6 February 1997. No citation other than "in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy". DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 19 March 1945 when he had flown 19 sorties (132 hours 30 minutes), 27 November 1944 to 13 March 1945.

 

Flight Lieutenant Schollar has completed nineteen operational sorties against enemy targets. His navigation and timing has been of an exceptionally high calibre and his outstanding example has contributed in large measure to raising the standards of navigation in this squadron. This officer has recently been appointed to Navigation Leader and in such capacity has been an inspiring example to all navigators of the unit.

It is considered that by his keenness and fortitude and devotion to duty, along with his fine operational record, Flight Lieutenant Schollar fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SCHONECK, F/O Clarence (J36382) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 1918 in Gull Lake, Saskatchewan; home there (grain buyer); enlisted in Regina, 28 July 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 3 April 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 1 October 1943). Commissioned October 1943. Award presented 18 June 1949.

 

Flying Officer Schoneck has displayed outstanding ability as a navigator during many operational sorties. He has always displayed outstanding courage and determination in the face of the enemy. In September 1944 he was navigator of an aircraft detailed to attack Munster. Damage was sustained from anti-aircraft fire while on the way to the target and the aircraft was driven off course. By his cool and skilful navigation, however, Flying Officer Schoneck enabled his captain to reach the target and deliver a successful attack.

 

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SCHROEDER, F/L Wellington Leroy (J12865) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.160 Squadron - Award effective 28 November 1945 as per London Gazette of 11 December 1945 and AFRO 212/46 dated 1 March 1946. Home in Centralia, Ontario; enlisted in London, Ontario, 12 April 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 8 November 1941), No.20 EFTS (graduated 28 February 1942) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 17 July 1942). Award sent by registered mail. His biographical file includes a long letter describing his wartime work involving minelaying and dropping agents in Asia. His longest sortie was 22 hours 25 minutes, minelaying in Singapore.

 

Flight Lieutenant Schroeder has completed many long range operational sorties, all of which have entailed the double crossing of over one thousand miles of sea and deep penetration into enemy territory both by day and night. He has also taken part in a number of moonlight mine-laying operations which have been flown at a low level over heavily defended areas. This officer has at all times displayed a high degree of courage, skill and devotion to duty.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9138 has original recommendation dated 13 September 1945 when he had flown 26 sorties (410 operational hours). Text adds some detail to the published citation:

 

Flight Lieutenant Schroeder has carried out 26 very long range mining and Special Duty sorties, all of which have incurred the double crossing of over 1,000 miles of sea and deep penetration into enemy held territory both by day and night. During the early part of his tour he flew numerous moonlight mining sorties at low level in heavily defended areas; since then he has pioneered much of the Special Duty technique for the squadron, and the degree of success has always been exceptionally high. He has always shown the highest devotion to duty and has been an inspiration to his crew, and an asset to the squadron.

 

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SCHROEDER, G/C William Henry (C1115) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born in Ottawa, 11 October 1911; educated here. Enlisted in Ottawa, 15 September 1939. Award presented 1 February 1946. Remained with RCAF; awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 21 October 1953 when in AFHQ. No citation in AFRO or biographical file. DHist file 181.009 D.2629 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has citation provided for investiture.

 

This officer's contribution to the war effort and to the efficiency and welfare of the Royal Canadian Air Force has gone far beyond the limits or ordinary duty. At all times he has directed the work of his branch in a most capable manner and has set an example to all personnel under him. In addition he has carried on with many other arduous endeavours with skill and enthusiasm. Throughout his lengthy service he has given a splendid example of loyalty and devotion to duty which, combined with his ability, has been of great value to the Royal Canadian Air Force.

 

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SCHUBERT, F/L Trevor Earl (J17242) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 30 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born 1922 in Armstrong, British Columbia; home in Vernon or Armstrong, British Columbia (student, formerly in Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted in Vancouver, 23 June 1941. Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 12 April 1942) and No.8 BGS (graduated 11 May 1942). Commissioned March 1943. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation by W/C W.F. McKinnon dated 22 May 1945 when he had flown 44 sorties (270 hours 22 minutes). First tour was 25 sorties (136 hours 50 minutes), 14 February 1943 to 8 July 1943. Second tour was 19 sorties (133 hours 32 minutes), 4 February to 10 May 1945 including one "Exodus" trip.

 

Flying Officer Schubert (Wireless Air Gunner) has completed two tours on such vigorously defended targets as Duisburg, Hagen, Hamburg and Cologne. He has at all times displayed the most outstanding courage and devotion to duty. His quiet co-operation and undoubted ability have been a constant source of inspiration and guidance to his crew mates and to the others of his section. For his unfailing courage, fine offensive spirit and cheerful co-operation I strongly recommend the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SCHULTZ, F/O Carl William (J26714) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.77 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 24 April 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 September 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 28 May 1943). Award sent by registered mail 16 July 1951. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Officer Air 2/8831 has recommendation dated 17 November 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (141 hours 39 minutes), 7 May to 30 October 1944.

 

7 May 44 GARDENING (3.31) 12 Jul 44 Hauts Boissons (3.50)

9 May 44 Berneval (4.12) 17 Jul 44 Caen

10 May 44 Lens (3.51) 20 Jul 44 Chapelle Notre Dame (3.35)

22 May 44 Orleans (5.42) 28 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.30)

24 May 44 Beaumont (3.42) 7 Aug 44 TOTALIZE (4.10)

5 June 44 Maisy (5.04) 8 Aug 44 Chapelle Notre Dame (3.40)

8 June 44 Alencon (4.49) 12 Aug 44 Brunswick (3.35)

11 Jun 44 Massy-Palaiseau (4.58) 14 Aug 44 TRACTABLE (4.25)

12 Jun 44 Amiens (4.38) 16 Aug 44 Kiel (5.15)

16 Jun 44 Sterkrade (4.22) 17 Aug 44 GARDENING (6.55)

22 Jun 44 Laon (5.01) 3 Sept 44 Venlo (4.00)

24 Jun 44 Noyelle en Chausse (3.29) 11 Sep 44 Nordstern (4.35)

25 Jun 44 Montorgueil (3.24) 23 Oct 44 Essen (5.35)

28 Jun 44 Blainville (6.50) 25 Oct 44 Essen (4.45)

1 July 44 St.Martin (3.35) 28 Oct 44 Walcheren (3.05)

6 July 44 Marquiss Memo. (4.06) 30 Oct 44 Cologne (4.50)

 

Now nearing the completion of his first operational tour, Flying Officer Schultz has carried out his duties in a fine spirit.

 

A very good navigating officer who has secured good photographic results. He is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SCHULTZ, WO2 Harold Donald (R62510) - Mention in Despatches - Eastern Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Born 12 December 1920. Enlisted in Pembroke, Ontario, 24 January 1940. Equipment Assistant, serving as EAC Headquarters from 15 May 1942 to 2 April 1946; discharged 6 April 1946.

 

This Warrant Officer's devotion to duty is exemplary; his keenness, initiative and perseverance under abnormal and continual strain are most praiseworthy. He has performed duties over and above what is normally expected; no detail is too insignificant and no problem too overburdening to receive his willing attention. The tempo at which he works and the accuracy of work accomplished serves as a stimulus to those associated with him.

 

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SCHULTZ, F/O Rayne Dennis (J16359) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.410 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 January 1944 and AFRO 410/44 dated 25 February 1944. Born in Bashaw, Alberta, 17 December 1922; home there. Enlisted in Edmonton, 10 July 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 1 October 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 5 December 1941) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 10 April 1942). Commissioned 1942. Arrived overseas in May 1942. Further trained at No.2 (P) AFU, Brize Norton (posted there 16 June 1942), No.3 (P) AFU (1 July to 18 August 1942) and No.54 OTU, Charter Hall (18 August to 24 November 1942). No.410 Squadron, 1 December 1942 to 1 June 1944; at No.54 OTU, 1 June to 17 July 1944; at No.51 OTU, 17 July to 20 December 1944; No.410 Squadron again from 20 December 1944 to 30 May 1945. Victories as follows: 15/16 August 1943, one Do.217 destroyed; 10/11 December 1943, three Do.217s destroyed; 13/14 February 1944, one Ju.188 destroyed; 10/11 April 1944, one Ju.88 or 188 destroyed; 21/22 April 1944, two Ju.88s destroyed. The first five scored with F/O Williams as radar operator and the last three with F/L J.S. Christie (RAF). Remained in postwar RCAF. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 as a Squadron Leader, No.3 (AW) OTU, North Bay. Appointed Director of Flight Safety, August 1966. Made Officer, Order of Military Merit, 1974. Retired in October 1977. Cited with F/O Vernon A. Williams (Radar Observer). For additional details see H.A. Halliday, The Tumbling Sky and article in Flight Comment, No.3, 1977. Photographs are PL-22655 (S/L Ian March, F/O Williams, F/O Schultz), PL-29882 (Williams and Schultz), PMR 77-588, PMR 77-598 (his aircraft HK429 coded NR-A), and PMR 77-593 (Mosquito MM749).

 

As pilot and observer respectively, Flying Officers Schultz and Williams have completed several sorties at night and have displayed a high degree of skill, courage and determination. During one sortie one night in December 1943, they destroyed three Dornier 217s, a feat which well illustrates their fine fighting qualities. In other sorties they have attacked locomotives and bridges.

 

SCHULTZ, F/L Rayne Dennis, DFC (J16359) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.410 Squadron - Award effective 6 July 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14 September 1945.

This officer has at all times displayed great skill and courage in air operations. He has completed a large number of sorties and has invariably pressed home his attacks with much success. Flight Lieutenant Schultz has been responsible for the destruction of eight enemy aircraft at night, two of them during a patrol in April 1945. This officer has set a splendid example of keenness, ability and gallantry.

 

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SCHWALM, F/L Richard Paul (C18951) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted in Hamilton, 15 August 1941.

 

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SCHWANDT, P/O Jonathan Chester (J94302) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.128 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 1916 in Fordwich, Ontario; home in Southampton, Ontario (truck driver); enlisted in Toronto, 8 June 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 3 April 1943), No.6 BGS (graduated 23 July 1943), and No.8 AOS (graduated 23 December 1943). Commissioned March 1945. Award presented 26 August 1949. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". Public Records Office has recommendation for a DFM dated 9 March 1945 when he was a Flight Sergeant (commissioned as J96302 effective 23 March 1945), having flown 32 sorties (125 hours 24 minutes), 29 October 1944 to 26 February 1945.

 

29 Oct 44 Cologne (3.18) 28 Dec 44 Frankfurt (3.55)

30 Oct 44 Berlin (4.37) 30 Dec 44 Hannover (3.28)

1 Nov 44 Berlin (5.13) 31 Dec 44 Berlin (4.32)

2 Nov 44 Osnabruck (3.25) 2 Jan 45 Berlin (4.29)

4 Nov 44 Hannover (3.27) 4 Jan 45 Berlin (4.39)

10 Nov 44 Hannover (4.01) 17 Jan 45 Magdeburg (3.46)

11 Nov 44 Kamen (3.32) 21 Jan 45 Kassel (3.47)

27 Nov 44 Berlin (3.00) 4 Feb 45 Hannover (3.18)

28 Nov 44 Nuremburg (4.15) 7 Feb 45 Hannover (3.48)

30 Nov 44 Duisburg (3.28) 12 Feb 45 Stuttgart (3.22)

1 Dec 44 Karlsruhe (3.56) 13 Feb 45 Magdeburg (4.11)

2 Dec 44 Giessen (3.22) 19 Feb 45 Erfurt (3.57)

6 Dec 44 Berlin (4.54) 20 Feb 45 Berlin (4.05)

7 Dec 44 Cologne (3.43) 23 Feb 45 Berlin (4.25)

11 Dec 44 Hamborn (3.13) 24 Feb 45 Berlin (4.18)

17 Dec 44 Duisburg (3.40) 26 Feb 45 Nuremburg (4.19)

 

Flight Sergeant J.C. Schwandt, Royal Canadian Air Force, has completed 32 sorties against Germany since the end of October 1944, of which nine were attacks on Berlin. His navigational ability has been an undoubted asset to his pilot and his devotion to duty has been conspicuous, and in recognition he is recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SCHWARTZ, F/O Harvey Aaron (C13308) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 27 October 1941. No citation in AFRO. Canadian Jews in World War II says he was in public relations work in London, 1942-44.

 

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SCOTT, WO2 (now P/O) Arthur Mitchell (R159001/J88176) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1921 in Edmonton or Innisfall, Alberta; home in Edmonton (labourer); enlisted in Edmonton, 24 March 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 25 September 1942), No.2 BGS (graduated 12 December 1942) and No.7 AOS (graduated 5 February 1943). Award presented 9 July 1950. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 26 July 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (161 hours 15 minutes), 4 January to 18 July 1944. (Airman's service number is given as R159001).

 

During the seven months Warrant Officer Scott was on strength of this squadron, he has completed 31 operations against the enemy and has succeeded in obtaining 17 photographs plotted within 1/2 mile of the actual aiming point.

 

He has invariably shown great coolness and dogged determination in all his sorties and his conduct has been an inspiration to the members of his section. He has invariably shown great keenness to attack the enemy and has rendered great service in the training of junior Air Bombers.

 

I consider Warrant Officer Scott's courage and the great determination he has shown fully merit the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SCOTT, Sergeant Clarence Garfield (R70877) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.418 Squadron - Award effective 23 August 1942 as per London Gazette dated 18 September 1942 and AFRO 1653/42 dated 16 October 1942. Born in Cerigin, Saskatchewan, 1915; home in Tisdale; enlisted in Regina, 11 October 1940. Trained at No.2 WS and No.5 BGS. Invested with award by the King, 27 October 1942.

 

This airman was the wireless operator air gunner of an aircraft detailed to attack a selected target for a landing by our combined forces at Dieppe. The bombing task was successfully accomplished but on the return flight, whilst some three miles out to sea from Dieppe, the aircraft was attacked by a Focke Wulfe 190. A burst of enemy fire raked the fuselage and set the starboard engine on fire. Sergeant Scott's gunseat was shot from under him but he fired a short burst at the attacker although he was unable to observe the effect. The pilot's cockpit became filled with smoke and fumes, and the pilot himself was unable to see as he could not jettison the cockpit hood. The aircraft was forced down, and on impact with the water it broke into two by the rear gunner's compartment. Sergeant Scott was thrown into the water without his dinghy. The front portion of the bomber turned over and sank. The pilot and observer were still inside but eventually both came to the surface in an unconscious condition. Sergeant Scott immediately swam to the assistance of the pilot, inflated his safety jacket, removed his dinghy inflated, and got the unconscious pilot safely aboard. Some 15 yards away the observer was struggling with the shroud of his parachute which was around his neckband dragging his head under the water. Sergeant Scott swam to his aid, freed him, but was unable to inflate his dinghy as the fabric was torn. He therefore swam with the observer to the pilot's dinghy and managed to get him aboard. The dinghy was not large enough to hold three occupants but with complete disregard for his own safety Sergeant Scott commenced swimming towards Dieppe. Fortunately, soon afterwards, a friendly aircraft flew overhead. Anticipating that help would be forthcoming. he swam around and about fifty minutes later both he and his comrades were rescued by a launch of the rescue service. In the face of extreme danger this gallant airman displayed conspicuous courage and determination in his resolve to save his comrades, both of whom were injured and in great distress. Sergeant Scott sustained a sprained ankle and a deep cut over the right eye.

 

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SCOTT, FS Clarence Wilfred (R95065) - British Empire Medal - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945. Home in Ogema, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Winnipeg, 14 February 1941. Award presented 2 May 1948. No citation in biographical file. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation dated 21 June 1944.

 

Flight Sergeant Scott as NCO in charge Radar has displayed great determination and devotion to duty in the equipping, modifying and maintenance of radar in squadron aircraft. He has spent many long and arduous hours, beyond the ordinary call of duty, in maintaining radar serviceability and his efforts have contributed to a major degree in the radar efficiency achieved by his unit.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9040 has citation as prepared for Air Ministry Honours and Awards Committee:

 

This airman, as Non-Commissioned Officer in charge of Radar, has displayed great determination and devotion to duty in the equipping, modifying and maintenance of repair in the squadron aircraft. He has spent many long and arduous hours beyond the ordinary call of duty in maintaining radar serviceability and his efforts have contributed in a major degree to the radar efficiency of his unit.

 

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SCOTT, S/L Clayton Rennie (C3866) - Mention in Despatches - No.15 Group Headquarters, Coastal Command (Liverpool) - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. Home in Lansing, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 3 February 1941.

 

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SCOTT, P/O (now F/O) Clifford (J46854) - Mention in Despatches - No.160 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 183/46 dated 22 February 1946. Home in Hamilton, Ontario; enlisted there 11 March 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 29 August 1942), No.12 EFTS (graduated 23 October 1942), and No.9 SFTS (graduated 19 March 1943).

 

As an aircraft captain, this officer has completed a lengthy tour of operations on anti-submarine patrols. His reliability and keen devotion to duty have contributed greatly to the efficiency and morale of his unit.

 

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SCOTT, F/O Donald Gairn (J10224) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.542 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 10 September 1943 and AFRO 2138/43 dated 22 October 1943. Born 1920 in Grimsby, Ontario; home in North Hamilton; enlisted in Montreal, 27 June 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 13 September 1941), No.10 EFTS (graduated 7 November 1941), and No.6 SFTS (graduated 27 February 1942). Award presented 22 November 1948.

 

This officer has flown on a large number of operational sorties as pilot. His determination to complete his tasks has often caused him to encounter severe opposition from the enemy.

 

SCOTT, F/L Donald Gairn, DFC (J10224) - Air Medal (United States) - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 18 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 602/46 dated 14 June 1946. Public Records Office Air 2/8973 has recommendation but gives his name as Donald Gavin and unit as Station Benson.

 

This officer has participated in reconnaissance missions for the U.S. Air Force. He has obtained excellent photographs of enemy shipping and of the bomb damage at Hamburg. He has always completed his allotted tasks, despite enemy opposition, whilst his skilful flying has contributed largely to the safe return of his aircraft.

 

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SCOTT, F/L Donald Robertson (J22752) - Mention in Despatches - No.7 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 7 July 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 3 June 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 11 February 1942), No.16 EFTS (graduated 22 May 1942) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 11 September 1942).

 

This officer has completed a large number of operational sorties, showing exceptional keenness in carrying out and completing his duties. On one occasion he completed an operational patrol under very adverse weather. On returning he was forced to fly in a 90 m.p.h. gale after dark. By displaying a high degree of skill and courage, Flight Lieutenant Scott succeeded in flying the aircraft to a strange base and made a successful landing. On another occasion this officer made a successful landing at base under similar conditions. His great skill and determination are worthy of the highest praise.

 

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SCOTT, Sergeant Donald Stewart (R70157) - Mention in Despatches - No.162 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Born 4 October 1921. Home in Almonte, Ontario; enlisted in Galt, 28 August 1940. Initially an aero engine mechanic, he remustered to Flight Engineer (14 May 1943) and was posted to No.162 Squadron on 1 June 1943. A member of F/L David Hornell's crew, missing in action, 24 June 1944. No citation.

 

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SCOTT, Sergeant Elmer Lee (R74623) - British Empire Medal - No.15 Service Flying Training School - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and RCAF Routine Order 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born in Calgary; educated in Vancouver. Enlisted at Vancouver, 27 September 1940. Award presented 15 January 1945.

 

This NCO has displayed an excellent sense of airmanship throughout his service career. His ability, energetic support and sense of leadership have at all times been outstanding.

 

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SCOTT, P/O Francis Adelbert (J92556) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 1920 in Clifton, Saskatchewan; home in Freemont, Saskatchewan (farmer); enlisted in Saskatoon, 1 October 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 2 April 1943), No.5 BGS (graduated 29 October 1943) and No.1 CNS (graduated 3 September 1943). Commissioned November 1944. Award presented 27 November 1948. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/9082 has recommendation dated 15 March 1945 when he had flown 36 sorties (205 hours one minute), 6 October 1944 to 13 March 1945. Dates and times indicate he was in same crew as F/O Amiel Kuperman.

 

6 Oct 44 Sterkrade (4.16) Bombed as ordered.

7 Oct 44 Cleve (4.30) Bombed on aiming point.

9 Oct 44 Bochum (5.50) Cloud; bombed target.

14 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.17) do.

15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (3.55) Bombed in cloud.

25 Oct 44 Essen (4.53) Bombed as ordered.

29 Oct 44 Zoutelande (3.16) Bombed aiming point.

31 Oct 44 Cologne (5.07) Bombed through clouds.

18 Nov 44 Munster (5.05) do.

21 Nov 44 Sterkrade (5.54) Many fires in target area.

29 Nov 44 Essen (5.53) Cloud over target; fires.

30 Nov 44 Duisburg (5.55) Bombed through clouds.

5 Dec 44 Soest (5.56) Concentrated fires.

12 Dec 44 Essen (5.35) Cloud over target.

26 Dec 44 St.Vith (5.20) Bombed aiming point.

28 Dec 44 Opladen (5.35) Fires; bombed target.

29 Dec 44 Coblenz-Mosel M/Y (6.15) Bombed aiming point.

30 Dec 44 Cologne (6.29) Bombed through clouds.

2 Jan 45 Ludwigshaven (6.35) Many fires in target area.

6 Jan 45 Hanau (6.34) Bombed through clouds.

27 Jan 45 Stuttgart (7.15) do.

1 Feb 45 Mainz (6.08) Fires; bombed in cloud.

2 Feb 45 Wanne Eickel (4.58) Fires in target area.

7 Feb 45 Goch (5.46) do.

9 Feb 45 Wanne Eickel (5.37) do.

20 Feb 45 Reisholz (6.21) Bombed as ordered.

21 Feb 45 Worms (6.25) Concentrated fires.

23 Feb 45 Essen (5.32) Bombed target.

24 Feb 45 Kamen (6.17) Good bombing.

27 Feb 45 Mainz (6.46) Bombed target.

2 Mar 45 Cologne (4.39) Bombed aiming point.

5 Mar 45 Chemnitz (8.43) Successful.

7 Mar 45 Hemmingstedt (5.57) Bombed target.

11 Mar 45 Essen (5.17) Good attack.

12 Mar 45 Dortmund (5.57) Bombed in clouds.

13 Mar 45 Wuppertal (5.13) Successful sortie.

 

Pilot Officer Scott has completed a tour of 36 operational sorties as an Air Bomber in Halifax III aircraft with 158 Squadron. All these attacks have been against heavily defended targets, the bombing of which has called for the greatest courage and skill to achieve the best results.

 

Possessed of a fine offensive spirit, Pilot Officer Scott has been a cheerful and encouraging influence in an excellent crew and his courage and determination in the face of the heaviest enemy fire has been a source of inspiration to all.

 

On the ground in his section this officer has also given of his skill, experience and time in the training of newer members of the squadron.

 

It is recommended that Pilot Officer Scott's outstanding record of operations, his courage and determination in times of danger and his devotion to duty at all times be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SCOTT, G/C George Erle (C1391) - Mention in Despatches - No.6 Group (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas" - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Born in Quebec. Home in Shanty Bay, Ontario; Corby's Distillery executive; enlisted in Toronto, 8 November 1939. Commanded Personnel Reception Centre in Bournemouth. Appointed Senior Administrative Staff Officer, No.6 Group, July 1943. No citation in AFRO.

 

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SCOTT, F/O Gilbert Leigh (J25988) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.608 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born 1912 at Knee Hill Valley, Alberta; home there (mechanic); enlisted in Edmonton, 11 April 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 28 August 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 26 February 1943) and No.5 AOS (graduated 30 April 1943). Commissioned April 1943. Award presented 13 November 1948.

 

This officer has participated in numerous operational sorties against a wide range of important and heavy defended targets in germany. At all times he has shown outstanding zeal, cheerful courage and devotion to duty. In December 1944, Flying Officer Scott was deputy leading navigator of a formation of aircraft detailed to attack Duisburg in daylight. Although intense anti-aircraft fire was encountered on the run in to the target, he continued at his allotted task and successfully completed his mission. On another occasion Flying Officer Scott showed commendable skill. the electric generator of his aircraft became unserviceable during a mission to Berlin and all the electric equipment and navigational aids failed. Undaunted, he guided the aircraft to the target and gave valuable assistance to his pilot on the return flight to this country.

 

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SCOTT, F/O Glendon Roland (J17140) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1921 in Fairville, New Brunswick; home in Fredericton. Served in NPAM; enlisted in Moncton, 21 November 1940. Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 1 August 1941) and No.7 BGS (graduated 1 September 1941). Commissioned 1942. Award presented 20 April 1948. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 10 September 1944 when he had flown 46 sorties (255 hours 10 minutes); first tour with No.408 Squadron (10 June 1942 to 22 March 1943 - 30 sorties, 180 hours; second tour with No.429 Squadron, 9 July 1944 to 31 August 1944.

 

Flying Officer Scott is on his second tour of operations. During his operations, he has proved a most capable and efficient air gunner taking part on many sorties against such heavily defended targets as Nuremburg, Hamburg and the Ruhr area. On many occasions his untiring vigilance and skilful guidance has been instrumental in saving his aircraft and crew from enemy fighters, searchlights and anti-aircraft fire. At all times his cheerfulness and co-operation in his section has proved an inspiration to new crew members. He is a most valuable crew member who has always shown the utmost enthusiasm for operational flying.

 

It is considered that his fine operational record, devotion to duty and fortitude merit the award of the D.F.C.

 

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SCOTT, F/L Gordon James (J21866) - Air Force Cross - No.1 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946 - Enlisted in North Bay, Ontario, 30 October 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 20 June 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 29 August 1942), and No.13 SFTS (graduated 8 January 1943). Award sent by registered mail 20 April 1949. As of award had flown 1,975 hours, 1,660 as instructor, 257 hours in previous six months.

 

This officer has served on this unit over a lengthy period. During the first few months of his instructional career he showed exceptional interest and ability as an instructor. In his capacity of Deputy Flight Commander he showed special keenness and ability. As a Flight Commander his interest in his men, leadership and his untiring effort to see his work successfully completed are most commendable.

 

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SCOTT, FS Harold Irwin (R252756) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.166 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45. Born 1924 in Melfort, Saskatchewan; home in Beatty, Saskatchewan (farmer, miner); enlisted in Vancouver, 7 March 1943. Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 12 August 1943) and No.10 BGS (graduated 24 December 1943). Award sent by registered mail 4 February 1952. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/9060 has recommendation dated 12 January 1945 when he had flown 29 sorties (163 hours), 25 August 1944 to 22 January 1945.

 

25 Aug 44 Russelsheim 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart

6 Sept 44 Le Havre 23 Oct 44 Essen

7 Sept 44 Le Havre 28 Oct 44 Cologne

10 Sep 44 Le Havre 31 Oct 44 Cologne

16 Sep 44 Steenwyk 2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf

17 Sep 44 Biggergerke 6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen

20 Sep 44 Sangatte 21 Nov 44 Aschaffenburg

23 Sep 44 Neuss 27 Nov 44 Freiburg

25 Sep 44 Calais 29 Nov 44 Dortmund

27 Sep 44 Calais 4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe

2 Oct 44 Westkapelle 6 Dec 44 Merseburg (a/c

5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken abandoned, Belgium)

7 Oct 44 Emmerich 5 Jan 45 Hanover

14 Oct 44 Duisburg 16 Jan 45 Zeitz

15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven 22 Jan 45 Duisburg

 

This Canadian Air Gunner has taken part in 29 sorties against a wide variety of targets in enemy occupied territory and in Germany itself. Losing his own crew early in his tour, he has shown a readiness to fly with any crew and, despite this handicap, has never lost his enthusiasm. He has always co-operated well with his fellow gunner and his timely warnings of the approach of enemy aircraft have been of invaluable assistance to the various Captains with whom he has flown.

 

On the night of the 6th December, 1944, when his aircraft was returning from an attack on Nuremburg, it was rapidly losing height owing to the failure of an engine whilst flying through an electrical storm over Belgium. Shortly afterwards the remaining three engines cut and the Captain gave the order to abandon aircraft. This was done and Flight Sergeant Scott made a successful parachute descent. This experience only served to intensify his desire to attack the enemy and he was soon operating with the squadron again.

 

For his fearlessness, magnificent operational spirit and skill as an Air Gunner, he is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

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SCOTT, F/L Henley Neilson (J20948) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.61 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1944 and AFRO 1296/44 dated 16 June 1944. Born in Regina, 24 August 1920; home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 1 November 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 22 May 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 31 July 1942) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 20 November 1942). Commissioned 1942. Award presented 30 October 1948. Served in postwar RCAF Auxiliary with No.402 Squadron; appointed Honouray Colonel of that unit in 1985.

 

Flight Lieutenant Scott has completed many sorties against important German targets including seven attacks on Berlin. In September 1943, during a mine-laying operation, one engine of his aircraft failed soon after he set course, but this officer flew on and successfully completed his mission. An outstanding captain of aircraft, Flight Lieutenant Scott has set a high standard of airmanship and by his determination to press home his attacks has inspired his crew with the same fine fighting spirit.

 

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SCOTT, FS Henry James (Can 7660) - Mention in Despatches - No.436 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Innisfail, Alberta; enlisted in Ottawa, 21 October 1938. No citation found; DHist file 181.009 D.1124 (RG.24 No.20585) has recommendation sent to Down Ampney Station HQ on 8 January 1946 for a Commendation which apparently was not approved. Clearly this does not pertain here, but it states that Scott enlisted in RCAF, 21 October 1938, went overseas in August 1944, and was posted to No.436 Squadron, embarking for India in October 1944. With that unit he was in charge of Aircraft Maintenance, and as such he helped the unit with a "very high record of serviceability, hours flown and loads carried whilst on operations" owing largely to his "initiative and efficiency."

 

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SCOTT, P/O Ivan James (J18809) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 30 June and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Born in Port Arthur, Ontario, 1923; home in Brandon, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 1 November 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 8 May 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 31 July 1942) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 20 November 1942). Commissioned 1942. Award presented 30 October 1948.

 

Pilot Officer Scott has taken part in many sorties against the enemy, often pressing home his attacks in the face of intense opposition and securing some excellent photographs. Once during a sortie against Hanover his aircraft was attacked by a Messerschmitt 210 but his skilful airmanship prevented any damage being inflicted on his bomber. On two other occasions his aircraft was illuminated by searchlights for two or three minutes respectively and also attacked by enemy aircraft. By his courage, skill and determination in action this captain of aircraft has inspired his crew with confidence.

 

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SCOTT, F/L John Brammer (J10988) - Mention in Despatches - No.164 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Home in Montreal; enlisted 12 June 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 25 September 1941), No.4 EFTS (graduated 23 November 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 10 April 1942).

 

This officer has flown hundreds of hours on trans-Atlantic and other long over-water flights. Under adverse weather conditions he has proved to be a resourceful and skilful captain. His ability was demonstrated when he landed a twin engine aircraft on one engine after having flown fifty miles up a narrow fiord in Greenland where to turn back or to overshoot was impossible. His skill and devotion to duty has provided an excellent example to all ranks.

 

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SCOTT, W/C John Charles (C835) - Distinguished Service Order - No.413 Squadron - Award effective 30 January 1943 as per London Gazette dated 5 February 1943 and AFRO 373/43 dated 5 March 1943. Born 22 July 1913 in Coldwater, Ontario; home in Galt, Ontario. Commissioned as a P/P/O, 4 July 1938. Trained at Trenton (wings 17 June 1939) and No.1 CNS, Rivers. Award presented by Governor General, 28 February 1946. Postwar RCAF and Group Captain; postings included command of Station Edmonton (1948-1951), Chief Staff Officer at Air Defence Command (1951 to 1954), commanding officer of Station Aylmer (April 1954 to December 1955), staff duties at Air Defence Command Headquarters, St.Hubert (December 1955 to March 1956), AFHQ (March 1956 to November 1957) and commanding officer of Station Greenwood (16 November 1957 to uncertain date).

 

This officer has completed a very large number of operational missions involving arduous flights over the Atlantic, Arctic, and Indian Oceans and the Mediterranean. He is a brilliant captain whose determination to complete his allotted task whatever the circumstances has been outstanding. During a flight in December 1942, his aircraft became defective and he was forced to return to base. Within a quarter of an hour he took off in another aircraft. After locating his objective he flew over the area for more than an hour to secure information. His courageous example has won the admiration of all.

 

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SCOTT, F/O Murray Norman (J26748) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.52 Squadron - Award effective 9 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1945 and AFRO 1822/45 dated 7 December 1945. Born 1921 at Bassano, Alberta; home in Innesfail; enlisted in Calgary,, 20 October 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 30 August 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 6 February 1943) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 4 June 1943). Commissioned 1943. Award presented 27 May 1950. Served in postwar RCAF.

 

This officer has shown a high standard of airmanship and has set an outstanding example of keenness and enthusiasm. He has flown from India to China on many occasions. This flight is one on which severe icing frequently takes place and this hazard is rendered particularly dangerous by the mountainous nature of the terrain. The skill consistently shown by Flying Officer Scott has done much to build up the reputation of his unit.

 

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SCOTT, S/L Robert Clare (C646) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - Station Croft - Award effective 28 April 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1186/44 dated 2 June 1944. Home in Toronto. Briefly a Provisional Pilot Officer, 9 June to 12 August 1936. Enlisted in Kapuskasing, 16 November 1940. Award presented 11 August 1944.

 

One night in December 1943, a Halifax aircraft crashed in the vicinity of an airfield and burst into flames. Squadron Leader Scott, the station engineer officer, was one of the first to arrive at the scene of the accident and immediately took charge of the rescue party in a cool and efficient manner. Seeing one member of the crew trapped inside the rear turret, he entered the blazing fuselage from the front and walked towards the rear in an endeavour to rescue the airman. Squadron Leader Scott was at first driven back by the heat and smoke but, displaying great determination, he repeated his effort and succeeded in reaching the turret and in passing the injured airman to safety through a hole in the rear. He then ensured that there were no further members of the crew left before he made his way out. Squadron Leader Scott displayed courage and devotion to duty in the face of fire and of the further danger that the petrol tanks might have exploded whilst he was engaged in the rescue. He was undoubtedly responsible for saving the airman's life.

 

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SCOTT, P/O Russell Andrew (J45917) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 1920 at Wawota, Saskatchewan; home there (student); enlisted in Regina, 28 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 September 1940), No.2 WS (graduated 20 January 1941) and No.2 BGS (graduated 17 February 1941). Commissioned January 1941. Award sent by registered mail 11 July 1950. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG 24 Vol.20612) has recommendation dated 24 March 1945 when he had flown 53 sorties (359 hours 20 minutes) in two tours; the first lasted 31 August 1941 to 28 July 1942 (33 sorties in North Africa) and the second 23 October 1944 to 11 March 1945.

 

This officer has completed two tours of operations totalling 53 sorties. The majority of his attacks were made against the most heavily defended targets in Germany. Throughout his two tours this officer has shown a steadfast devotion to duty...

 

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SCOTT, WO1 (now P/O) Russell Willoughby (R12449/J50540) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.18 SFTS - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Born 11 May 1920 at Meadow Lea, Manitoba; prewar farmer. Trained at No.4 ITS, No.5 EFTS and No.7 SFTS. Postwar he worked for British American Oil in southwestern Manitoba before returning to farming. Dairey farmer and then Manager-Secretary of Manitoba Milk Producers Marketing Board. Chairman, Manitoba Broiler Hatching Egg Commission, 1985-1995. Died in St.Boniface, Manitoba, 25 February 1998. No card in biographical file.

 

During his eighteen months as an instructor, Warrant Officer I Scott has given valuable leadership to the non-commissioned officer instructors both by his manner and in the efficient way in which he carried out his work. His ability as an instructor is regarded very highly and his deportment towards commissioned officers has been a model for the non-commissioned officers and airmen.

 

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SCOTT, F/L Stanley Gordon (C11926) - Mention in Despatches - Station Tain (Coastal Command) - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 5 September 1941.

 

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SCOTT, WO2 (now F/O) Victor Ernest (R129052/J907500) - Croix de Guerre (France) - Overseas - Awarded as per AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Home in Oshawa; enlisted in Toronto, 28 August 1941. Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 28 September 1942) and No.3 BGS (graduated 26 October 1942). Public Records Office Air 2/8769 has recommended citation (but not unit).

 

This warrant officer has completed numerous sorties against the enemy. He has invariably displayed great enthusiasm for operations. His courage and conscientiousness have been outstanding even in the face of the heaviest opposition.

 

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SCOTT, F/L William Arthur (C24755) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.9 EFTS - award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Niagara Falls, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, Ontario, 9 January 1941.

 

This officer, a direct entry pilot, has been employed as a Flying Instructor for over two years. His ability as an instructor is outstanding and he has at all times shown the qualities of good leadership.

 

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SCOTT, Sergeant (now P/O) William Francis (R80506/C24753) - Air Force Medal - No.15 EFTS - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 28 May 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Born in Toronto, 1914; home there; enlisted there, 24 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 24 January 1941), No. 15 EFTS (graduated 20 April 1941), No.11 SFTS (graduated 26 May 1941) and CFS. Award presented 17 March 1944. Killed in flying accident, 18 December 1944 at No.22 OTU (Wellington NC494). Allison and Hayward, They Shall Grow Not Old say he was from Bethune, Saskatchewan.

 

Sergeant Scott has been outstanding in the instruction of his pupils in the Navigation Section. He has become the authority on Navigation for all flight plans at this unit. His original ideas and devotion to the importance of Pilot Navigation are deserving of the highest credit. Sergeant Scott has been very co-operative in his dealings with other instructors and with his pupils. He has completed nearly 1,200 flying instructional hours during a twelve-month period.

 

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SCRIMSHAW, LAC Lloyd Alfred (R87560) - British Empire Medal - No.2 SFTS - Awarded 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born in Vancouver, 23 December 1913. Enlisted there, 27 December 1940. Award presented by Governor General, 16 April 1943.

 

This airman is employed on the aerodrome control car, and has been exceptionally keen in the performance of his duties which control the landing and taking off of aircraft. By his constant vigilance, he has prevented at least six crashes which would have resulted in considerable financial loss and probable fatal or other injury to flying personnel.

 

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SEAGER, F/L Charles Frederick Benson (C10194) - Mention in Despatches - Skipton-on-Swale - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Home in London, Ontario; enlisted there 20 or 26 February 1942. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded 1 February 1945 to No.63 Base HQ. Had served 26 months in Canada, nine months in UK. Officer Commanding, Daily Servicing Squadron. In postwar RCAF Auxiliary; awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 when a Squadron Leader, No.3001 Technical Training Unit.

 

This officer has always shown outstanding qualities of perseverance, energy and hard work. Although having been overseas a comparatively short time, he has thrown himself completely into his work with such energy and devotion to duty that he sets a splendid example to all who come under him. He spends many hours of hard work over and above the normal call of duty, and with his continued cheerfulness and optimism in the face of the most trying conditions. He definitely promotes harmony and good will amongst all those with whom he comes in contact.

 

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SEALE, F/O Reginald Coutts (J17560) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 14 September 1921 in Vancouver; home there (clerk). Enlistment delayed because he booked work on an Esso tanker for what was to be a short voyage; orders changed and he was held up eight months; finally enlisted in Vancouver 8 July 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 26 October 1941), No.6 AOS (graduated 31 January 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 14 March 1942), and No.1 ANS (graduated 14 April 1942). Commissioned March 1943. Served with No.104 Squadron, November 1942 to September 1943 (41 sorties, 246 hours 20 minutes sorties from 28 December 1942 to 22 August 1943, flown against targets in North Africa and Italian targets. With Headquarters, No.203 Group, Cairo, September 1943 to March 1944 (staff navigator; developed DR Trainer for local use); on staff of an Operational Training Unit in Palestine, March 1944 to July 44 (navigation instructor); with a Mediterranean/Middle East Communications Squadron, July to September 1944 which he described as "Crew duties on General Sir Maitland Wilson's aircraft - Dakota aircraft". On return to United Kingdom he waived repatriation and asked for an operational unit. With No.429 Squadron, 12 December 1944 to May 1945. Arrived in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia on 22 July 1945. On 4 July 1945 he gave his flying times as 381 hours ten minutes operational and 455 non-operational hours, claiming 61 sorties in all; he could not estimate time on Ansons (logbook lost), but listed other types as follows: Blenheim (10 hours, approximately), Wellington (650 hours, approximately), Dakota (50 hours, approximately), Halifax (141 hours 30 minutes) and Lancaster (57 hours 40 minutes). Released on 22 September 1945. Award presented 29 January 1947. Attended University of British Columbia (Bachelor of Commerce degree); rejoined RCAF as an Accounts Officer, 21 November 1949. Killed while flying as a passenger, 17 March 1954 with F/L V.C. Dillabaugh and F/O R.C.L. Hutchison. (Expeditor 2369, No.105 Communications and Rescue Flight. Aircraft left Edmonton en route to Fort Nelson; 90 minutes after take off, pilot reported one engine had failed, trying to make Grande Prairie. Wreck found 22 March 1954, 20 miles southeast of Grande Prairie. Seems that propeller flew off and caused structural damage after distress call. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 19 March 1945 noting he had flown two tours. Second tour was 16 sorties (107 hours 50 minutes), 29 December 1944 to 13 March 1945; he claimed 20 sorties on repatriation, the other three were probably flown after recommendation.

 

Flying Officer Seale has completed sixteen sorties of his second operational tour on heavy bomber aircraft. He is regarded as an outstanding navigator who has at all times been an extremely valuable asset to his crew. By his skilful navigation, his coolness under fire and untiring efforts he has always guided his captain to the target and safely back to base.

 

On one occasion the aircraft was under fire and all special equipment, including one of the compasses, became unserviceable. However, the mission was successfully completed and a large share of the credit is due to this officer for carrying on with his duties with the same high degree of efficiency under most difficult circumstances.

 

It is considered that his fine operational record, coupled with a calm courage and devotion to duty displayed by this officer fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SEAMAN, FS (now P/O) Henry Linden (R192298/J90745) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1922; home in Garrick, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Regina, 22 October 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 9 July 1943) and No.3 BGS (graduated 15 October 1943). Commissioned September 1944. Award presented 6 September 1947. No citation - "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation dated 20 September 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (163 hours), 22 May to 15 September 1944.

 

This NCO has shown a high degree of skill as an Air Gunner on tour of 34 successful sorties over enemy territory. His co-operation, coolness and devotion to duty contributed in a large measure to the success of his crew. His cheerful confidence, reflected in the high standard of morale in his crew, has impressed the whole unit. For his devotion to duty and high degree of ability, Flight Sergeant Seaman is strongly recommended for the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

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SEAMAN, F/L Stephen Murray (J23848) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 21 November 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 19 June 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 23 October 1942) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 19 February 1943). Posted to No.426 Squadron, 25 June 1944 (from No.61 Base); posted away to "R" Depot, 2 January 1945. Award sent by registered mail 20 April 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2891 (RG.24 Vol.20633) has recommendation dated 15 November 1944 for J23843 F/L Stanley Alfred Seaman; had flown 34 sorties (158 hours 40 minutes).

Flight Lieutenant Seaman has completed 34 sorties during his tour of operations, many of these to heavily defended German targets such as Stuttgart, Kiel, Hamburg and Cologne. On one occasion his bomb doors fell open shortly after take off and could not be closed; he proceeded to the target and bombed it successfully and returned safely to this country. On another occasion the pilot's escape hatch blew off and in spite of intense cold Flight Lieutenant Seaman proceeded to the target, bombed it and returned to base.

 

Throughout his tour his keenness for operations has been an inspiration to other aircrew and he has always shown a keen determination to press home his attack in spite of all difficulties. His untiring energy and enthusiasm have been a definite spur to new crews, giving them confidence and imparting some of his own keenness. He is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Immediate).

 

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SEARLE, W/C Arthur Brodie (C785) - Air Force Cross - No.2 SFTS - Award effective 16 April 1943 as per London Gazette of 13 April 1943 and AFRO 1035/43 dated 4 June 1943. Born 20 September 1916 in Lashburn, Saskatchewan, 1916. Joined RCAF, P/P/O, 26 July 1937; qualified for pilots badge, 20 May 1938. With No.2 Squadron from Trenton to EAC, August 1939. Transferred to Army Co-Operation School, Uplands, December 1939. CFI at Uplands and Rockcliffe, October 1940 to March 1943. Later commanded at North Battleford, Dauphin, and Pennfield Ridge. Remained in postwar RCAF; awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 21 October 1953 as a Group Captain in AFHQ. The following citation found in Governor General's Records, RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, file for 1943.

 

Wing Commander Searle has been engaged in active instructional duties at this unit for the past twenty-seven months during which time he completed 1,441 flying instructional hours, and has held the position of Chief Instructor for the past sixteen months. The enviable record achieved by this school of having twice been voted the most efficiently operated Service Flying Training School in the C.T.E. has, in no small part, been due to the example set by this officer by his extreme devotion to duty and ambitious application of his experience.

 

SCALRE, W/C Aarthur Brodie, AFC (785) - Medal of Merit, 1st Class (Czechoslovakia) - awarded as per Canada Gazette dated 24 January 1948 and AFRO 81/48 dated 6 February 1948. Pilot.

 

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SEARY, F/O James Ellis (J24116) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.437 Squadron - Award effective 8 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945. Born 1920 in Windsor, Nova Scotia; home there; enlisted in Halifax, 19 June 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 5 December 1941), No.20 EFTS (graduated 13 February 1942) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 19 June 1942). Commissioned 1942. Award presented in Halifax, 27 July 1949. DHist file 181.009 D.4855 (RG.24 Vol.20657) has recommendation dated 1 April 1945 when he had flown 1,250 hours (315 in previous six months), 390 operational hours (74 sorties). Noted he had "taken part in all airborne operations since and including D-Day."

 

This officer has shown a high degree of skill in operations against the enemy. He has undertaken very many sorties and throughout has displayed exceptional keenness. He flew with much distinction in the operation in support of the Rhine crossing. His coolness and courage on this occasion was typical of that which he has shown throughout his tour of duty.

 

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SEATH, F/L Larry Whitton (J10275) - Mention in Despatches - No.400 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Home in St.Lambert, Quebec; enlisted in Montreal, 28 April 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 1 September 1941), No.21 EFTS (graduated 25 October 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 27 February 1942). Unit not given in AFRO which says only "Overseas". See The RCAF Overseas: The Fifth Year, pp.141-142 and The RCAF Overseas: The Sixth Year, p.215.

 

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SEATON, WO James Archibald McNair (R149294) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.166 Squadron - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1944 and AFRO 1444/44 dated 7 July 1944. Born 1912; home in Castlegar or Cranbrook, British Columbia (assistant postmaster); enlisted in Calgary. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 11 September 1942) and No.3 BGS (graduated 4 December 1942). Later commissioned (J86288). No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/9149 has recommendation dated 13 February 1944 when he had flown 28 sorties (199 operational hours), 22 July 1943 to 30 January 1944.

 

22 July 43 Mulheim 1 Oct 43 Hagen

24 July 44 Eberfeld 4 Oct 43 Ludwigshafen

27 July 43 GARDENING 7 Oct 43 Stuttgart

2 Aug 43 Hamburg 8 Oct 43 Hanover

9 Aug 43 Mannheim 3 Nov 43 Dusseldorf

12 Aug 43 Milan 10 Nov 43 Modane

15 Aug 43 Milan 18 Nov 43 Berlin

17 Aug 43 Peenemunde 22 Nov 43 Berlin

22 Aug 43 Leverkusen 29 Dec 43 Berlin

23 Aug 43 Berlin 14 Jan 44 Brunswick

22 Sept 43 Hanover 20 Jan 44 Berlin

23 Sept 43 Mannheim 27 Jan 44 Berlin

27 Sept 43 Hanover 28 Jan 44 Berlin

29 Sept 43 Bochum 30 Jan 44 Berlin

 

This Canadian Warrant Officer has completed 28 successful sorties over enemy territory of which eight have been on Berlin. During these sorties he has set an example of cheerful courage, unselfishness and sacrifice. He has maintained with his fellow gunners a high standard of cooperation and exceptional fearlessness in the face of danger.

 

He has kept a vigilant watch during many long flights and, by his patience and endeavour, has enabled the crew to press on to the target, secure in the knowledge that they could devote their full attention to the attack. He is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SECCOMBE, Sergeant Margaret Patricia (W309986) - Mention in Despatches - Linton-on-Ouse - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 9 February 1943. Identified in AFRO as "Overseas". McEwen papers (CWM) with list of recommendations with MiD recommendations for 1 February to 31 July 1945 identifies unit. DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation forwarded to No.6 Group Headquarters, 5 May 1945. Watchkeeper, enlisted February 1943; Served ten months in Canada, 16 months overseas. Married under the name of Hall and file by that name should be consulted.

 

This airwoman was one of the original RCAF (WD) to arrive on this Station. She very quickly acquired the necessary training to make an Operations Room Watchkeeper and has been a most efficient one for over a year. Sergeant Seccombe is a leading WD in many Station activities and has taken a special interest and is prominent in all WD sports activities. In all a very fine type of Canadian girl and a credit to the Service.

 

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SECORD, W/C Philip Stuart (C1246) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - Western Air Command - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Born and educated in Brantford. Enlisted at Toronto, 23 October 1939. Award presented 15 April 1944.

 

Wing Commander Secord, by the application of a wealth of knowledge and experience gained in civil life, has been extremely valuable to the Royal Canadian Air Force. As Chief Works Officer of this Command he has been responsible for the organization and construction of all Works and Buildings projects during the past year. Despite innumerable difficulties in procuring materials, equipment and labour he has, through his ability and devotion to duty, attained excellent results.

 

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SEELER, P/O (now F/O) George Nelson Perry (C29833) - Air Force Cross - No.3 FIS - Award effective 5 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944. Enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 21 August 1940. Trained at No.12 EFTS (graduated 13 September 1942) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 6 January 1943). Award presented 13 June 1945. Governor General's Records, RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, file 190-I has citation; notes that at time of recommendation he had flown 3,000 hours, 2,700 as instructor, 555 in past six months.

 

During the past three years in which this officer has been employed on flying instructional duties, he has displayed unflagging energy, undaunted spirit and untiring enthusiasm in pursuit of his work, completing an average of almost 900 instructional flying hours a year. His exceptional ability as an instructor and persistent cheerfulness under varying conditions has been an inspiration and example to all with whom he has come in contact.

 

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SEELEY, Sergeant Maxwell John (R73553) - Mention in Despatches - Linton-on-Ouse - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Identified in AFRO as "Overseas". McEwen papers (CWM) with list of recommendations with MiD recommendations for 1 February to 31 July 1945 identifies unit. Born 14 December 1917; home in Thetford Mines, Quebec; enlisted in Montreal, 14 September 1940. Armourer (Bombs); posted overseas March 1943; repatriated 18 June 1945; released 15 September 1945.

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SEFTON, F/O John Andrew (J35183) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1085/45 dated 29 June 1945. Born 1922 in Melfort, Saskatchewan; home there (part time porter); enlisted in Saskatoon, 18 July 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 20 March 1943), No.6 EFTS (graduated 15 May 1943) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 9 September 1943). Commissioned September 1943. Award presented 18 June 1949.

 

Flying Officer Sefton has completed many operational sorties against heavily defended targets in Germany and enemy occupied territory. On one occasion in November 1944 he was captain of an aircraft detailed to attack Duisburg. Whilst on the bombing run over the target one engine was hit by anti-aircraft fire and a fire broke out which could not be extinguished for some considerable time. Flying Officer Sefton displayed outstanding courage, determination and skill in completing his mission and flying back to base. His devotion to duty at all times has been most commendable.

 

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SEGUIN, F/O Maynard Joseph (J87901) - Mention in Despatches - No.609 Squadron (AFRO says only "Overseas") - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Born in Ottawa, 25 October 1921; home there (civil servant, technician); enlisted there 6 June 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 25 September 1941), No.21 EFTS (graduated 21 November 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 10 April 1942). Staff pilot at No.3 BGS for ten months; posted to No.1 OTU, Bagotville (February to May 1943) and then overseas, July 1943. Served in No.195 Squadron (September 1943 to February 1944) and No.609 Squadron (February to December 1944; commissioned in June 1944; last sortie on 27 December); to No.51 OTU (December 1944 to June 1945). Repatriated in July 1945; discharged September 1945; re-engaged in November 1948 and was immediately assigned as a pilot to Air Armament School, Trenton. Died in Ottawa, 2 November 1998.

 

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SEHL, W/C Francis Thomas Styles (C1678) - Mention in Despatches - Station Patricia Bay - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born in Victoria, British Columbia, 11 September 1899. Enlisted in Royal Flying Corps (Canada), 19 August 1917 and finally joined No.203 Squadron (25 May 1918) and No.201 Squadron (9 August 1918). Credited with shooting down an enemy aircraft on 13 July 1918. On 4 November 1918 he conducted a low-flying patrol in which he bombed an enemy battery, attacked two balloons - one at 50 feet (fired 600 rounds in series of dives from 1,00 feet; it sagged and settled deflated) and other on the ground. Mentioned in Despatches, 16 March 1919. Left the service, 4 December 1919. Various administrative jobs between wars; joined Canadian Army (Dental Corps), 12 December 1939; transferred to RCAF, 31 January 1940. Promoted to F/L, 1 January 1941, S/L 1 June 1942, W/C 1 February 1944. Served with No.120 (BR) Squadron, WACHQ in Victoria, No.4 (BR) Squadron, Station Prince Rupert and Station Patricia Bay. Retired, 20 December 1946.

 

Throughout this officer's service he has been highly regarded by all officers under whom he has served. His record is one of effectiveness and devotion to duty of the highest order. The splendid example shown by this officer in his administrative capacities has been an inspiration to all with whom he has come in contact.

 

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SEID, F/O Sidney Platt (J22036) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.418 Squadron - Award effective 20 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 2 January 1945 and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. American who enlisted in the RCAF. Born 1921 in Santa Rosa, California; home in San Francisco; enlisted in Vancouver, 24 October 1941. He was pilot to F/O David N. McIntosh, and thus figures prominently in the latter's book, Terror in the Starboard Seat. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 March 1942), No.2 EFTS (graduated 28 August 1942) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 18 December 1942). Commissioned 1942. Award presented 24 June 1947. Credited with the following victories: 21/22 June 1944, one V-1 destroyed; 6/7 July 1944, one V-1 destroyed; 11/12 July 1944, one V-1 destroyed; 13/14 July 1944, one V-1 destroyed; 30 August 1944, one FW.190 and one Bf.110 damaged on ground; 15 October 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed plus one Bf.110 destroyed plus five Ju.88s destroyed plus two Bf.109s damaged plus two Ju.88s damaged plus one unidentified enemy aircraft damaged, all on the ground.

 

Flying Officer Seid has successfully completed a large number of operational sorties. He has attacked the enemy's road, rail and water transport and destroyed at least eight enemy aircraft on the ground and damaged others. In September 1943, while enroute for an attack on a German airfield, this officer encountered an enemy convoy on the Zuider Zee. In the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire he made repeated attacks and obtained hits on at least three of the vessels. The long hours spent by Flying Officer Seid in careful planning and studying of tactical situations have been reflected in his outstanding record of achievement which has been an inspiration to all in his squadron.

 

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SEIGEL, F/O Everett Kingsley (J18475) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 1920 in Pembroke, Ontario; home in Toronto (usher). Formerly in North Bay Cadet Corps; enlisted in Toronto, 10 May 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 August 1941), No.1 AOS (graduated 20 December 1941) and No.1 BGS (graduated 31 January 1942). Commissioned July 1943. Award presented in Toronto, 30 November 1949. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 15 November 1944 when he had flown 21 sorties (111 hours 50 minutes), 25 August to 6 November 1944 on a second tour; first tour had been 10 September 1942 to 4 May 1943 (24 sorties).

 

This officer has now completed his second tour of operations comprised of twenty-one trips over enemy territory, including many of the major and well defended targets in Germany. His outstanding record and strong sense of duty have been a constant source of encouragement to his fellow navigators and his cheerful confidence has inspired a standard of morale in his crew...

 

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SELBY, F/O Donald George (J26276) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.116 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2479/44 dated 17 November 1944. Home in Fonthill, Ontario; enlisted in Niagara Falls, Ontario, 22 July 1940. Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 25 May 1941) and No.1 BGS (graduated 21 June 1941). On 5 September 1942 he was WOPAG in Catalina Z2140, No.116 Squadron, when that aircraft exploded and burned at Battle Harbour, Labrador (probably by release of two depth charges while taxiing). Survivors barely escaped before explosion. Crash card has following recommendation: "Suitable recognition be shown FS Selby, Sgt [T.L.] Whettel and Mr. Norman Lea [on-shore civilian] for gallant rescue work." DHist file 181.009 D.3060 (RG.24 Vol.20635) has recommendation for an AFC dated 13 December 1943 specifically referring to his part in the incident: "Pilot Officer Selby and Pilot Officer Whettell, with other members of the crew and civilian passengers, were blown into the sea. They were able to climb on to the port wing, the starboard wing being in flames. They assisted other survivors, who were suffering from shock and injuries, on to the wing and, due to their coolness, undoubtedly were responsible for saving the lives of at least three survivors." Nothing seems to have come of this AFC recommendation. When recommended for DFC he had flown 1,686 hours, 1,155 on operations (124 sorties). Award presented in Montreal, 25 November 1949.

 

This officer has proven himself to be a most courageous and resolute member of aircraft crew over a long period of flying operations in the North Atlantic area. His work has at all times been of a very high standard and he has set a splendid example of achievement. His determination and confidence while on operations have been an inspiration to his squadron. He is a wireless air gunner of high merit and skill, and his gallantry and devotion to duty have done much to create high morale amongst the aircrew of his squadron.

 

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SELFE, FS Conrad Anthony (R114059) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 22 August 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944. Born in Comox, British Columbia, 22 July 1922; home in Vancouver; enlisted there 29 July 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 28 August 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 16 April 1943). Commissioned 1 June 1944. Posted to No.426 Squadron (from No.425 Squadron), 22 May 1944. Award presented 31 January 1946. Served in postwar RCAF.

 

One night in June 1944, Flight Sergeant Selfe captained an aircraft detailed for an operational mission. Whilst over the target the aircraft sustained severe damage. Both the port engines were rendered useless and a large part of one of the wings was torn away. The aircraft became difficult to control but Flight Sergeant Selfe released his bombs. Some height had been lost but course was set for home. When within sight of the English coast, the aircraft suddenly dived to 400 feet. The situation was critical but by skilful airmanship, Flight Sergeant Selfe regained some height. As the coast was crossed he ordered his crew to leave the crippled aircraft by parachute. This done, he headed the aircraft out to sea before abandoning it himself. This airman displayed great courage, tenacity and devotion to duty in the face of perilous circumstances, setting a most inspiring example.

 

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SELLAR, F/L William (C7407) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943. Home in Calgary; enlisted in Montreal, 12 September 1941. MiD again, 8 June 1944. No citation in AFRO.

 

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SELLAR, F/L William (C7407) - Mention in Despatches - Station Topcliffe (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Previously MiD, 2 June 1943. No citation in AFRO. DHist file 181.009 D.2993 (RG.24 Vol.20634) has recommendation for an OBE dated 27 January 1944 (he was then Acting Squadron Leader and Senior Flying Control Officer).

 

Squadron Leader Sellar, whilst Senior Flying Control Officer at this unit, has organized his work and trained Controllers not only for the RAF but for the USAF as well. Through constant supervision and energetic urging of Contractors and Air Ministry Works Department, beyond the normal call of duty, he has managed to maintain a serviceable aerodrome at all times. This is an accomplishment to be marvelled at when consideration is given to the conditions, manpower available, and the amount of flying carried out at this unit. It may confidently be recorded that this officer be given credit to a great extent for the outstanding flying record of 1659 Conversion Unit over the past nine months. His cheerful, diligent work, in addition, is an inspiration to those with whom he works.

 

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SELLARS, P/O (now F/O) Douglas Stephen (J87361) - Netherlands Flying Cross - No.190 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Awarded 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 183/46 dated 22 February 1946. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 12 December 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 14 August 1942), No.17 EFTS (graduated 10 October 1942), and No.8 SFTS (graduated 5 February 1943). Public Records Office Air 2/9642 identifies unit and gives citation.

This officer, as captain of aircraft, has flown on three sorties during the operations at Arnhem. On one occasion, when approaching the dropping zone, his aircraft was heavily engaged by the ground defences and sustained severe damage. Nevertheless, Pilot Officer Sellars pressed on and completed his mission and flew his damaged aircraft back to base. He has displayed great gallantry.

 

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SELLERS, W/C George Henry (C647) - Air Force Cross - No.11 SFTS - Award effective 28 May as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 16 June 1933. Received his wings, 27 April 1936. Award presented 24 March 1944.

 

Wing Commander Sellers has served in this command both as a Chief Instructor and a Commanding Officer of a Service Flying Training School. He has, by his personal example, set a standard in piloting which has contributed largely to the success of the schools with which he has been associated. In particular, he has stressed the necessity for attaining, by instructors and pupils alike, the highest possible standard in instrument and night flying. His own skill in three types of flying, gained by regular practice, has set all who served under him a standard at which to aim. He has completed 230 flying hours during 1942.

 

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SELMAN, FS Harold Henry (R68635) - Mention in Despatches - No.9408 Servicing Echelon (AFRO gives unit as No.76 Base) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Electrician. Home in Dryden, Ontario; enlisted in Fort William, 16 September 1940. DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation forwarded to No.6 Group HQ, 31 July 1944, when he had served 30 months in Canada, 16 months overseas.

 

During the organization of the Electrical Section and in the operation of it since, Flight Sergeant Selman has proved to be an NCO of outstanding ability and a highly skilled tradesman. By his own initiative and devotion to duty he has welded the personnel of his section into a highly efficient and hard working unit that has made a major contribution to the high standard of serviceability this station has attained. Several times in the last month he has cheerfully and on his own initiative, worked all night out on the dispersals in inclement weather on aircraft that he considered might be required for operations. As a result at three extra sorties have been flown that would under normal circumstances, and quite justifiably, have been cancelled due to electrical faults necessitating extensive re-wiring.

 

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SEMPLE, F/L (now S/L) Errol Quarrier (J14331) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.437 Squadron - Award effective 9 March 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 625/45 dated 13 April 1945. Born 1917 in Quebec City; home there. Enlisted in London, Ontario, 28 May 1937. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 1 March 1942), No.9 EFTS (graduated 22 May 1942) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 11 September 1942). Award presented. Remained in postwar RCAF with extensive experience in Maritime Air Command. No citation found, but the following account is in his file at DHist:

 

This officer was decorated for his leadership of a group of evaders who had been forced down in France. Flying as second pilot aboard a 233 Squadron Dakota on a D-Day supply dropping mission, he and his crew companions were forced to crash-land after their aircraft had been extensively damaged and set on fire by flak. They landed on the outskirts of Giberville, near Caen, in a hay field that was sprouting anti-aircraft and -glider obstacles. Semple suffered a deep head wound that bled profusely until tightly bound. The others were rather badly shaken up, and one had a cracked rib or two.

 

The evaders split up into two groups and began to move south. Semple's group presently found an abandoned house on the edge of Giberville, where its members proceeded to establish themselves as well as possible. The first person to challenge them was a Frenchwoman, who shouted the traditional "Qui va la ?" Learning the evaders' identity she soundly kissed Semple and one of his companions again and again. (This was but another of the hazards of evasion). She directed them to another house, where they were given food and shelter by the owner and had their wounds dressed by the village cure. The were also outfitted with civilian clothing.

 

Soon moving to the nearby village of Tilly la Campagne, they there occupied a fully furnished house which they had all to themselves, having been given the key by the owner who was temporarily living elsewhere. There was considerable German activity in the village both by day and by night, but especially by night when motorized columns were passing through. Nevertheless, the evaders were undetected. They were even bold enough to venture forth and reconnoitre Giberville in an attempt to learn the whereabouts of the British forward troops. En route thereto they were stopped by German guards to whom they pleaded that they were on their way to bury a dead friend who had been left in the town. (This was true. One of their French assistants had been killed during a shelling of the town two days before, and they later buried him). After considerable arguing they were allowed to pass, but were warned that any civilians found in Giberville were liable to be shot. Despite the warning they settled down more or less permanently in an empty house in the village, having decided to hide out in Giberville to await the arrival of British troops. During this resettlement period Semple was again the recipient of a kiss, this time by an attractive mademoiselle who had vowed thus to favour the first Allied soldier she met.

 

His closest call came during one of his frequent forays for food. On his way out of a deserted farmhouse he found himself face-to-face with two grey-clad members of the Wehrmacht. Maintaining his composure, he smiled broadly and greeted them with "Bon jour". When they inquired in French what he was doing there, he replied that the house belonged to his family, who had been evacuated, and that he had returned for a fresh pair of socks, his old one being worn out. (He had snatched a pair during his foraging, and these he now held up for display). The Germans fell for the line, remarking, "C'est la guerre", to which he replied "Oui, certainement - c'est la guerre".

 

Shortly after he returned to the hide-out, deserted Giberville was "zeroed in" by British artillery, and the evasion team had to take shelter in a slit trench for thirty minutes. That was exactly three weeks after D-Day.

 

The following day they learned from an itinerant Italo-Frenchman that British troops were in Longueual, but a short distance away. Next morning, at 0315 hours, they set out for that town. The rest of their adventures, as described in Semple's words, went like this:

 

"...I split the group into two sections. The first was made up of F/O Williams (the wireless operator of his crew), a French boy who knew the district well, and me; another section of six followed some distance behind. I gave explicit orders that the rear section should do exactly as we did, that is, stop when we stopped, and move when we moved, keeping their distance. I also said that in the event of a definite risk of capture, every man should fend for himself.

 

"We cut across the fields, avoiding enemy positions about which the Italian had warned us. At 0400 hours, while we were passing a wood, snipers opened up with trader fire, and we had to throw ourselves flat on the ground. They were so near that we could hear them working their rifle bolts. It was still dark, but the light of dawn was beginning to show on the horizon and luckily was in the sniper's eyes. After a few minutes the firing stopped and we went forward on our hands and knees. Having moved on about fifteen or twenty yards, I stopped to check on the rear party. As it was nowhere in sight I crawled back to the area where we had last stopped and continued for perhaps fifty yards beyond. There was still no sign of any of the party. I even called out its members names, but the only result was a few more shots that arrived in my vicinity. I returned to my section and we waited ten minutes for the others to turn up, all the while crouched in a cornfield. As it was now getting too light for comfort, we decided to go on without them. We suddenly reached the end of the cornfield and made a mad scramble on our hands and knees across 200 yards of open country with no reaction from the enemy. We would proceed in this fashion until reaching another cornfield and then, upon hitting Longueual, we stumbled upon a minefield. Luckily several mines were wired together and were clearly visible. While retracing our steps we were overjoyed to hear the typical English exclamation, "Oy !" We had reached our objective; we were in the hands of the British 51st Division."

 

Public Records Office Air 2/9231 has recommendation dated 5 December 1944.

 

This officer was second pilot of a Dakota aircraft of 233 Squadron taking part in a supply dropping mission on 6th June 1944. The aircraft was severely hit by light flak whilst over the sea near the coast and again on crossing the coast. Owing to lack of height a crash landing was made near Giberville in enemy occupied territory.

 

On instructions from the pilot the party split into two sections and Flying Officer Semble, although injured, too charge of one section consisting of himself , Flying Officer Williams, and three Royal Army Service Corps despatchers.

 

Flying Officer Semple's party was behind the enemy lines for a period of 24 hours and during the whole of this time Flying Officer Semple displayed marked qualities of courage, resource and leadership in obtaining food and shelter for the party and in evading capture. After obtaining civilian clothes, Flying Officer Semple was challenged by German sentries on at least two occasions and succeeded in convincing them that he was a Frenchman.

 

During this time other evaders joined the party under Flying Officer Semple's leadership. Finally it became necessary to split the party into two sections and Flying Officer Semple successfully led his section through the firing line into the British lines. At all times Flying Officer Semple showed a singleness of purpose and consideration both for the French civilians who helped him and for the other members of his party.

 

Since this officer's return to duty he has carried out two resupply missions over Arnhem as a pilot with No.437 (RCAF Squadron.

 

The same file has the final citation as submitted to Air Ministry Honours and Awards Committee; note the changed rank:

 

Flight Lieutenant Semple was second pilot of a Dakota aircraft engaged in a supply dropping mission on 6th June 1944. The aircraft was hit severely by anti-aircraft fire while over the sea and when crossing the coast, and a crash landing was made near Giberville. The occupants of the aircraft formed two parties. Flight Lieutenant Semple took charge of one of the parties, consisting of another Royal Air Force officer and three soldiers. The party was behind enemy lines for 24 hours and during this time Flight Lieutenant Semple displayed marked qualities of courage, resource and leadership in obtaining food and shelter and also in evading capture. After obtaining civilian clothes, Flight Lieutenant Semple was challenged by German sentries on at least two occasions but was successful in convincing them that he was a Frenchman. When other evaders joined the party it was necessary to split the party into two sections. Flight Lieutenant Semple successfully led his section through the firing line into the British lines. This officer displayed great initiative and courage.

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SEMPLE, S/L Gordon Charles (J15509) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.411 Squadron - Award effective 22 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 29 October 1943 and AFRO 2457/43 dated 26 November 1943. Born in Toronto, 1914; home there; enlisted there 16 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 31 January 1941), No.10 EFTS (graduated 1 April 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 20 June 1941). Commissioned 1942. Invested with award by the King, 11 May 1945. Credited with destruction of one FW.190, 14 April 1943 (shared with another pilot) and one FW.190 damaged (15 July 1943).

 

Squadron Leader Semple has completed a large number of sweeps over enemy territory and has escorted bombers on many occasions to their targets. Although often attacked by enemy fighters, not one of the bombers has been lost in one engagement. He destroyed one Focke Wulfe 190 and damaged another. As officer commanding his flight this officer has set a magnificent example by his untiring efforts and devotion to duty.

 

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SENGER, WO (now P/O) William John (R94962/J17203) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.7 Squadron - Award effective 3 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 June 1943 and AFRO 1338/43 dated 16 July 1943 - American in the RCAF. Born in North Dakota, 1915; home in St.John, North Dakota. Enlisted in Regina, 16 April 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 14 July 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 1 September 1941) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 21 November 1941). Commissioned 1943. DFC and DSO both presented 13 June 1944.

 

A most able operational captain of aircraft, Warrant Officer Senger has many successful sorties to his credit. With cool courage he has taken part in attacks against targets in Germany and Italy, resolutely pressing home his attacks despite the heaviest opposition. At all times showing a fine fighting spirit, this airman has, by his untiring efforts and conscientious attention to detail, raised the efficiency of his crew to a very high level.

 

SENGER, F/L William John, DFC (J17203) - Distinguished Service Order - No.7 Squadron - Award effective 19 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 November 1943 and AFRO 2457/43 dated 26 November 1943.

 

This officer has completed a very large number of sorties involving attacks on a wide range of enemy targets. He has displayed skill of a high order while his unfailing determination to inflict loss on the enemy has been a noteworthy feature of his work. Flight Lieutenant Senger is a model of efficiency and his gallant example has proved a rare source of encouragement.

 

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SEON, S/L Eric Percy (C7182) - Mention in Despatches - No.64 Base - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Volume 20648) has a recommendation for MiD submitted from No.64 Base to No.6 Group Headquarters, 28 July 1944. Home in Toronto; enlisted there, 5 September 1941; two years in Canada, ten months overseas. Base Signals Officer.

 

Squadron Leader Seon is considered a most outstanding signals officer and has organised his section to a very high degree of efficiency. Many problems developed in this section when No.64 (RCAF) Base was opened, but all were overcome without the slightest interruption to service, a recommendable [sic] achievement. By reason of his cheerful application to duty, mental alertness and sound technical knowledge, he has set an example that has been an inspiration, reflected throughout the signals staff.

 

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SERABIANN, FS Harry Sidney (R52416) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born 12 April 1914; home in Brantford; enlisted in Hamilton, 15 January 1940. Aero engine mechanic; served at No.16 SFTS, 18 August 1941 to 27 October 1943; No.5 SFTS, 28 October 1943 to 3 November 1943; No.16 SFTS, 4 November 1943 to 12 December 1943; No.16 SFTS, 13 December 1943 to 19 April 1944. Posted overseas, September 1944; repatriated 21 August 1945.

 

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SETON, F/L Hugh Wyndham (J13483) - Distingished Flying Cross - No.258 Squadron - Award effective 25 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 2 October 1945 and AFRO 1822/45 dated 7 December 1945. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 24 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 November 1940), No.7 EFTS (graduated 16 January 1941) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 14 August 1942;not sure why this wide spacing of dates). Award sent by registered mail 19 October 1950.

 

Flight Lieutenant Seton has proved himself to be and exceptionally fine leader and has led his flight on many successful sorties against enemy rail and road transport. The courage and initiative displayed by this officer on all occasions have been worthy of the highest praise.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9132 has recommendation dated 11 May 1945 when he had flown 232 operational hours. Text differs from that which was published:

 

This Flight Commander started his operational tour on dive bombers, and has since been operating on long range fighter bombers. During the operations for Rangoon he led his flight on many highly successful sorties against enemy airfields, lines of communication and ammunition dumps. His bombing and strafing has at all ties been extremely accurate and his enthusiasm and keenness to engage the enemy has been an inspiration to the flight under his command.

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